Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Another Soriano rumor 

From Bob Nightengale of the USA Today...

He says that Padres are offering Brian Lawrence and Jay Payton for Alfonso Soriano...

Payton would be an okay 4th outfielder, if expensive at $3.5 million for 2005, while Lawrence is owed $5.75 million over the next two years, plus a $5.7 million option or a $550K buyout in 2007.

Lawrence has been a tad below league average the past two seasons, but he's an extreme groundball pitcher with a reasonable contract, someone who would probably adjust pretty well to pitching in TBIA.

I'd rather not take Payton -- if they wanted to deal Klesko instead ($16.5 million over the next two years) and eat some of his deal, I'd prefer that -- but it isn't a bad scenario. If San Diego would kick in a prospect as part of the deal, I'd probably do it.

Nightengale was supposedly on San Diego radio saying that there's a good chance the deal will go down in the next week...this is something worth keeping an eye on...

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